In a new book, an anonymous staff member to President Donald Trump – and self-proclaimed member of the anti-Trump “resistance” – says he is unfit for office, and that colleagues considered mass resignations and the 25th Amendment to try and remove him.
Trump is “like a twelve-year-old in an air traffic control tower, pushing the buttons of government indiscriminately, indifferent to the planes skidding across the runway and the flights frantically diverting away from the airport,” says the book entitled “A Warning” by the author dubbed Anonymous, according to news reports.
The Washington Post, which obtained an early copy, says the book “paints a chilling portrait of the president as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation he was elected to lead,” and depicts him “making misogynistic and racist comments behind the scenes.”
The book is scheduled for publication Nov. 19. The Post writes that the writer is “a senior official in the Trump administration.”
White House officials are pushing back against the book’s claims, emphasizing the fact that the author has chosen to remain in the shadows.
“The coward who wrote this book didn’t put their name on it because it is nothing but lies,” said White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. “Real authors reach out to their subjects to get things fact checked – but this person is in hiding, making that very basic part of being a real writer impossible.”
Grisham described the book as “a work of fiction.”
The Post reports that the author wrote anonymously because “this debate is not about me,” before continuing, “It is about us. It is about how we want the presidency to reflect our country, and that is where the discussion should center. Some will call this ‘cowardice.’ My feelings are not hurt by the accusation. Nor am I unprepared to attach my name to criticism of President Trump. I may do so, in due course.”
Vice President Mike Pence disputed one of the book’s major claims: That staff members believed Pence would have joined them in a bid to invoke the 25th Amendment, which outlines the process for removal and succession of a president who is deemed disabled.
“I never heard anything in my time as Vice President about the 25th amendment. And why would I?” Pence told reporters.
He called the book’s claims “appalling.”
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SOURCE: USA Today – David Jackson